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Beginning AI with WordPress and AI Engine: Explainer 8 of 8

We take a look at additional features of AI Engine!

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Where to next? Additional AI Engine functions and other generative AI apps


Name of explainer: Where to next? Additional AI Engine functions and other generative AI apps

Creative theme: Beginning AI with WordPress and AI Engine

Software / platforms used (for this explainer):
WordPress, AI Engine (paid version of the plugin)

User level: BEGINNER

This is part 8 of 8 in this series

This series includes:

  1. Get tooled up!
  2. Install the AI Engine WordPress plugin and explore the interface
  3. Use AI Engine to generate WordPress page content and images
  4. Create and refine text using AI Engine’s ‘copilot’ and ‘magic wand’
  5. Configure a GPT-driven chatbot and add it to the site
  6. Configure a context-sensitive chatbot to discuss page content
  7. Use a Pinecone index to create and test embeddings to improve the chatbot
  8. Where to next? Additional AI Engine functions and other generative AI apps

The software and apps used in this series

This series of explainers uses the following platforms/apps:

1: WordPress

We use WordPress throughout this series. To follow along you’ll need your own WordPress installation/site. If you’ve never installed WordPress see these guides to get up and running:

You don’t need to choose a theme or add plug-ins to your installation – You just need a working, ‘blank’ installation.

2: AI Engine (WordPress plugin)

AI Engine is one of the most popular AI plug-ins for WordPress. It offers an intuitive interface for performing AI tasks including generating text content for your site, generating images, and creating chatbots. We use the FREE version of the plug-in in explainers one through four. To complete the processes in explainers five and six you will need the paid, PRO version of the plug-in.

3: OpenAI account

OpenAI is the company behind the famous GPT-3 generative AI model that was made public in late 2022. You’ll need a FREE OpenAI account to link AI Engine to their AI models to generate content and offer a chatbot. Note a free account includes a limited amount of usage credits – If you go on to deploy bots on live / commercial sites you’ll need to pay for your ongoing usage.

4: Pinecone vector database account

We introduce and use Pinecone in explainers five and six, when we use a Pinecone index to store information about our arcade gaming event (embeddings) to improve the quality of the responses from our chatbot. A FREE Pinecone account will work for this series, and if you go on to use it in a business context you’ll need to upgrade to a paid plan.

AI Engine in action in this series:

Throughout this series we’ve used a fictional website for an Arcade Festival event and used AI Engine to generate content and offer helpbots to our visitors:

Creating AI images for the event site using AI Engine

Creating a site helpbot using AI Engine

Asking the helpbot to discuss content on a page

Creating embeddings to tailor helpbot responses

Additional AI Engine functionality

Note that there is no video associated with this part of the series. It’s text-based to help ensure we can keep it up to date!

This series has covered the main features of AI Engine that new users will find useful, including creating text and image content and tailored chatbots. As a fast-evolving product it already has more to offer, including:

AI Engine WordPress blocks

AI Engine adds additional ‘AI’ blocks to the WordPress block editor. When adding a new block to a page or post, search ‘AI’ to view these AI blocks, which include an ‘AI chatbot’ block that lets you select one of your own chatbots to include at the current point on the page:

1: Search for and select the AI Chatbot block:

2: Select one of your existing chatbots using the block settings panel on the right:

AI Forms

Forms are a great way to offer tailored help by presenting a limited number of options for the visitor to select between (for example for help with a specific product or a product returns process), and their responses can now be powered by AI! Here we create a fun AI form example offering our visitors a ‘games recommender’ where they can select their favourite gaming decade and favourite type of game, and get AI suggestions for games they might enjoy!

NOTE: The information below is now available as a FULL VIDEO EXPLAINER. See the XTRA video explainer for this series!

1: Start by adding an AI FORM CONTAINER block to your page:

2: I want the user to select their favourite gaming decade and then their favourite gaming genre. For each question, add an AI FORM FIELD block inside the form container. Here the ‘favourite gaming decade’ field has been created as a ‘select’ field and the options of 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s have been added to be shown to the viewer:

3: The user will need to SUBMIT the form, so add an AI FORM SUBMIT block below the question blocks. In this case the submit button will be labelled ‘Get me recommendations now’. Edit the PROMPT field in the block settings panel on the right carefully – This is the request that will be sent to the AI model, just as when we created chatbots. We’re going to prompt the AI with ‘List 3 of the most popular {FAVOURITE_GAMES_GENRE} video games from the {FAVOURITE_GAMING_DECADE} in one sentence’:

4: We want the AI response to show on the screen, so the final step is to add an AI FORM OUTPUT field as below:

5: We’re done! Save the page and test the form! Here are 2 example AI responses:

Other Generative AI apps and platforms

Of course, AI Engine isn’t the only generative app in the game in mid 2023! Here are some of our favourite examples to peruse as you continue your journey with AI enhanced content generation!

Generative Video

RUNWAY.ML is fast becoming a go-to app for AI-enhanced video editing, clip creation and image creation. Create a free account for a (limited) taste of what this impressive platform can do!

AI Audio enhancement

There are many bells-and-whistles platforms available in the AI-enhanced audio arena, but if you already have an Adobe subscription there’s one you can try right now! Currently in beta, Adobe’s podcast ‘audio enhance’ tool takes your voice audio clips as input and enhances them so they sound a little closer to studio quality! Very handy if you’ve used your phone to make a quick recording in a less than perfect environment, or just want to improve lecture recordings 🙂 Just drag, drop and see what you think of the result!

Additional recommended audio AI tools

Generative Images

You may already have heard of DALL-E and MIDJOURNEY:

For a full commentary dedicated to AI Image generation have a look at

Notes and updates

There are no notes or advisories at this time. This explainer was last updated in May 2023. This page was last updated in May 2023.

We are not responsible for the content of any external webpages or software downloaded from third party sites. You should NOT deploy AI Engine directly to production / live sites without testing it in a staging / development environment first. We recommend using a blank/clean WordPress install for learning purposes. Generative AI is constantly evolving and we cannot guarantee the content in this series is up-to-date past the date specified above. All links are included in good faith at the time of writing. Modern apps offer users many ways to accomplish a single task, and for reasons of clarity we choose not to refer to multiple options. All computer users must run up to date virus / security software at all times to minimise the risk of data loss.

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